Karlsruhe Transformation Center for Sustainability and Cultural Change (KAT)

Despite various efforts, the “great transformation” toward a more sustainable lifestyle and economy has stalled – at the global, national, local, and organizational levels. It is becoming increasingly clear that technical innovations are indeed indispensable and essential for sustainable development, but that social innovations and, eventually, a profound cultural change must take place as well. Against this background, ITAS has established the Karlsruhe Transformation Center for Sustainability and Cultural Change (KAT), which is particularly dedicated to the societal challenges of sustainable development.

The KAT runs research and transformation projects and, in addition to research, combines education, consulting, and process support. Methodologically, the focus is on transdisciplinary and transformative approaches, with the aim of researching, developing, and accompanying sustainable solutions in cooperation between science and practice.

The KAT team has many years of experience and special expertise in real-world lab research and support of transformation processes. Since 2012, for example, it has been running the real-world lab District Future – Urban Lab with numerous subprojects and experiments and has also provided essential theoretical and conceptual impetus for real-world lab research. Building on the competencies and structures of real-world lab research, the Karlsruhe Transformation Center is one of the first of its kind in the world – always oriented toward the guiding principle of sustainable development.

The KAT website can be found here.

Members of research group
Portrait Title Name Phone E-Mail
Marius Albiez
+49 721 608-23968 m albiez does-not-exist.kit edu
Georgia Alexandri
Dr. +49 721 608-22384 georgia alexandri does-not-exist.kit edu
Steffen Bauer
M.Phil. +49 721 608-26721 steffen bauer does-not-exist.kit edu
Annika Fricke
M.Sc. +49 721 608-24707 annika fricke does-not-exist.kit edu
Susanne Gerstberger
Dipl.-Ing. +49 721 608-23213 susanne gerstberger does-not-exist.kit edu
+49 721 608-26348 susanne hoehne does-not-exist.kit edu
Anna König
M.A. +49 721 608-28090 anna koenig does-not-exist.kit edu
Pia Laborgne
+49 721 608-24869 pia laborgne does-not-exist.kit edu
Susanne Ober
M.Sc. +49 721 608-24674 susanne ober does-not-exist.kit edu
Claudia Schreider
Dr. +49 721 608-26280 claudia schreider does-not-exist.kit edu
Andreas Seebacher
Dr. +49 721 608-23978 andreas seebacher does-not-exist.kit edu
Volker Stelzer
Dr. +49 721 608-23474 volker stelzer does-not-exist.kit edu
Johanna Sterrer
+49 721 608-23118 johanna sterrer does-not-exist.kit edu
Markus Szaguhn
M.Eng. +49 721 608-24189 markus szaguhn does-not-exist.kit edu
Helena Trenks
Dipl.-Ing. +49 721 608-26486 helena trenks does-not-exist.kit edu
Felix Wagner
Dr. +49 721 608-26360 felix wagner does-not-exist.kit edu
Eva Wendeberg
M.Sc. +49 721 608-24841 eva wendeberg does-not-exist.kit edu
Wanda Wieczorek
M.A. +49 721 608-26058 wanda wieczorek does-not-exist.kit edu
Annett-Kathrin Winkle
M.A. +49 721 608-24241 annett-kathrin winkle does-not-exist.kit edu
Current projects
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Beecroft, Richard (Project leader)

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